October 26th, 2007
08:25 PM ET
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Anti-Washington sentiment

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at what new poll numbers about Congress may mean for the 2008 election.

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  1. B Burnett, Madison, WI

    Democrats in Congress are doing as much as I truly expected them to be able to do. They have really slowed down robo-vote Republicans railroading thru their stinkiest legislation.
    Henry Waxman and others are making some progress on Congressional investigations into the outrages that Republicans ignored or covered up for years.

    Sadly, they still do not have the votes or the public support to impeach Cheney or Bush, or to end our occupation of Iraq, or to pass major positive legislation. As much as some liberals would like to think they do, they do not. Even Bush has them over a barrel on public support for funding our troops. That is just they way it is between any President and the voters in wartime.

    Remember that Congress took a lot of damage in 2002 and 2004. Many good Dems were defeated, replaced by trolls like Saxby Chambliss in his despicable campaign against Max Cleland. Despite the encouraging recovery in 2006, the damage is still not repaired.

    October 26, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. ronnie knoxville, tn

    The low numbers for Congress prove that Democrats aren't to be trusted to do as they promise. It's really that simple

    October 26, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    This democratic congress has not had a chance against the Shrub's veto pen and the lingering republicans that still support the shrub. In my opinion the new democratic congress has tried very hard. Lame duck (and lame brain) that the shrub is, he still has some support from those lame, corrupt republicans. This new congress has not had a fair chance to make the changes needed to help Americans, not to mention the chance to change our international image, or to get us out of this oil war. Please try to take into account that the Shrub had almost 8 years to bring America down, the new congress is fighting an uphill battle. Give this new democratic congress a chance, afterall, you gave the Shrub a chance...bad decision it was, but that is hindsight now. Time will tell with this new congress. Posting this blog as an American, not a democrat or a republican...just an American citizen who is totally disgusted with the present administration.

    October 27, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. J Houston, TX

    Taxes are low, the economy is strong, housing markets are falling in the most expensive regions of the country where they were OVERINFLATED. Taxes collected are higher than ever, school funding is being threatened if teachers don't step up to the plate and do their jobs...

    the ONLY major failing of this administration is Iraq...and frankly there may not be an immediate solution no matter what we do. We need to stabalize the region for oil, but the local population has no interest in doing so. Guess what, the world functions on oil (we make fertilizer from it and can't feed everyone without that). The real solutions are things like taking away the natural resources of regimes that support terrorism. THAT would be the way to fight this war.

    October 27, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  5. Ann ME

    Oh CNN, it's not anti-Washington, it's anti-Democrat don't you mean?

    October 27, 2007 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  6. Daniel, NY

    Race-by-race analysis does show that Democrats are poised to keep the House easily however bad congressional approval. Check these recent house rankings.

    October 27, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  7. Sam, IA

    Although it is impossible to hear this from the corperate shills at CNN, CBS, ABC,NBC or the propogandists at Fox, this congress has allready passed more meaningful legislation than the entire 6 years with Bush and his rubber stampers in control. Thier very presence as a majority has forced the yesmen in the Bush administration to rethink thier stradegies in Iraq which is a major accomplishment in itself.

    October 27, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  8. Colleen,ny

    Congress will be able to do their job properly once the American people have had enough of these Republicans who are refusing to go along with the majority of the Congress. When they do go along with the rest of the Congress that Bush veto's everything! Personally, I don't think that one man has the right to get the last say on everything. The majority should rule.

    October 27, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Raymond, El Paso TX

    I also have a low opinion of congress but it's only because there are still too many Republicans trying to finish off the middle-class. Polls also show that when people are asked how they rate their own senators/reps, their approval is much higher.

    American voters booted the Republicans from the majority and Democrats will make even more gains in the coming election and most certainly take the White House.

    Republicans have been exposed for what they truly believe in and proven to the American people that they are incapable of telling the truth or balancing a budget. Just look at the Iraq lie, the recent FEMA fiasco, a historically high deficit and historically low dollar ...among many other "firsts", all bad. Republicans have no chance whatsoever in this next election and they know it!

    October 27, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Lee, Boston MA

    It amazes me how the American public can express their disapproval when it is the American public itself who voted these people in the first place! Worse, you voted for Bush TWICE. I voted for Gore in 2000 then Kerry in 2004.

    Congress is weak, and it's the fault of the Bush administration and the Republican party. Democrats are also at fault because they can't seem to get their act together. This country is so divided, we're more like the Divided States rather than the United States.

    I don't blame the politicians because they are what they are. I blame all of us because we elected them.

    October 27, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. wantagh, ny

    Who the heck would bother to listen, to this over the hill, lefty hack, Bill Schneider!
    I reach for my remote everytime I see this fraud on T.V.

    October 27, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Sam, Barrington RI

    We actually aren't supposed to like our elected officials, people. This isn't sarcasm. Our founding fathers were well aware of man's faults. That's why they designed a system of government, the American alternative, that would incorporate man's ambition and use it to protect us. We want wealthy, famous, ambitious, greedy people as our representatives so that they work to gain power in their positions, which in turn will make other representatives compete against them, which in turn will pit the government against itself (and not us), and create gridlock, which will prevent laws from being passed, so that there are less laws restricting us and that we ultimately have more freedoms. Energetic but ineffective government is exactly what the goal of our system is. Americans needs to brush up on their Locke, Jefferson, and Madison.

    October 27, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    While Congress does still suck really badly, I would hope that the public understands that progress is going to take a long time. When you have a stubborn Republican White House and a determined Republican minority in both houses of Congress, you don't get progress.

    October 27, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Robert, New York & Miami, Florida

    Rest assured that Congress numbers are low due to Republicans sticking with the Idiot President and Democrats unable to restrict his power.

    I hope that in 08 we have better sense than to vote a Republican for president.

    October 27, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Laura -Tulsa, OK

    what specifically do people think Pres Bush has done that is so damaging?

    The leading economic indicators are stronger than ever. Consumer spending is ridiculously high, the federal govt 's revenue is higher than when he took office, thanks to the President's tax cuts. Inflation and unemploy. are still low, again thanks to conservative principles. The stock market has hit new highs recently. How do you think that Hillary or Obama's plan to take MORE out of your pocket in taxes will help you make ends meet?

    The avg. American thinks doctor's visits/hospitals stays are high and they're right; that's an issue for the private sector to work out , though – not the federal government. Iraq has been difficult, that's true; but there are terrorists throughout the world who are still aiming at America and Americans. They are trying to find just the right ingredient to penetrate our vulnerability, such as the airplane attacks on 9-11, the shoe bomb... they only have to be right once to succeed. Yes, civilians will be caught in the crossfire in Iraq. However we still HAVE to get to terrorists before they get to us. And finally the third major Democratic bone of contention – how America is viewed in Europe and beyond. I'd rather be secure than popular. I'd rather have our country succeed than be "liked".

    The only point on which I disagree with President Bush is amnesty for illegals. He wants it, I think it's better to make people pay a large fine, pay back taxes, THEN after they've paid into the tax system what they rightfully owe, get to the back of the line of people waiting lawfully to get into the US.

    October 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    We know the minimum wage needed to be raised, but please, people who make vague references to the success of Congress will you name these "meaningful" pieces of Legislation the new Congress has passed. Bonus points if they DONT involve the word "welfare" and "tax hike".

    October 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Scott, Cincinnati, OH

    Collectively, I think the country did it's best in 2006 when we handed the Congress and Senate back to the Democrates. Though the Democrates are in the majority they don't have the votes to override a Bush veto, hence, we are stuck until 2008 when the Democrates will sweep every election. Change could come quicker if the GOP would stand down. They have shown us they won't, so again, we will have to knock them out in 2008.

    October 27, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Mike, Bethesda MD

    The Republicans have lost their way. Other than Ron Paul, I think they have all forgotten what it means to be a conservative. But the liberals, too, have forgotten that Americans don't want the government in every corner of their lives. Until more candidates like Ron Paul make it to Congress, there will be little to like about our representatives

    October 27, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. EB Rideout, Georgia

    To all the right-wingers giddy over the low favorability numbers – your guys (nearly 50% of the total congresspeople currently in office) are included in the disapproval ratings.

    That doesn't say much for your team, does it?

    But we'll be changing that next November..........

    October 27, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    The Republican Spin..... the 75 % disapproval means that people don't trust the Democrats.

    The Truth... The 75% are disgusted how BOTH parties do NOT work together!

    See question #5 for the approval/disapproval of the Democratic leadership in congress.

    The worst comment in the world goes to J Houston, TX "he ONLY major failing of this administration is Iraq."

    I guess J liked:
    * 9/11
    * The Katrina Response
    * The deficit
    * The falling dollar (compare the Dollar to the Euro from the time when Bush took office)
    * Abu Ghraib
    * Global warming
    * Flawed intelligence
    * Corruption in DC (Especially the administration)
    * Pork Barrel Spending
    * Loss of American Freedom
    * Domestic Spying
    * Medicare Prescription Bill
    * No Child left behind
    * Lack of Social Security reform
    * Lack of Immigration Reform
    * Lack of Medical Insurance Reform

    I Sincerely hope that J is smarter than his post suggests.

    October 27, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. John from America

    To Laura from Tulsa, Ok

    Economic indicators don't measure the middle and lower class misery only corporate and wealthy class success. Consumer spending is high in "GOP Pork barrel States" and with ordinary people just trying to pay their bills with nothing left over for savings. The stock market has nothing to do with Americans getting wealthy (except for the wealthiest few) – it is the corporations that are exporting American jobs to country's with slave wages that props up the market.

    As far as the GOP tax cuts, my wife and I make over $100K and the cuts are peanuts but, the folks making 1 – 500 million a year, thats some real change in return for their GOP contributions.

    The war in Iraq was a Bush/Cheney attack on their old buddy Sadahm Hussen over oil issues and had absolutely nothing to do with terrorists – Sadahm knew how to take care of them and they stayed out of Iraq. Now with 2 trillion dollars waisted in Iraq, we don't have the resources to fight the real terrorists. I could care less what the rest of the world thinks about America but, I care about my friends and family and we are not the rich elite just ordinary working folks trying to make ends meet.

    So to your question as to what Bush has done that has been so damaging – take a real look around and take off your rose tinted glasses – the middle class of America is going bankrupt! Not because they don't want to work but, because the GOP and their corporate sponsors are plain old GREEDY! I hear all the time about greedy workers demanding $75/ hour including benefits but, what about the $5000/hour manager and the even higher executives?

    Close our borders and tax the wealthy for the multiple trillion dollar borrowing that this president and the GOP congress have heaped on us and our children.

    October 27, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Ron Nebraska

    A razor thin majority does not equal control. To see how Democrats could actually perform for America give them a veto proof majority, take out obstructionist Republicans and you'd be amazed at the progress made for our country.

    October 27, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Norma Treese, Shamikin Dam , Pa

    I'm very displeased with the job the Senate, and Congress are doing for the American tax-payers. They Waste our money, they look-out for their own interests, instead of ours, they waste a lot of time and money on useless boondoggles, and pork-barrel projects, and "They don"t seem to get the message," "The American Citizens deserve much more reguard for , a balanced budget, an efficient, much smaller government. Our government has gotten so large and out of control, that it"s getting redicules. Throw the lobbyists out of Washington, Stop paying huge wages, with lots of perks, and monster pensions, to Senators, and Congressmembers, just give them sensible travel and food expenses, and let them have a, " day job." If this were to happen, I know , we would only have those who really cared,running for these offices. I know also they would not be mud-slinging,power-brokers, we now have running for these offices. "Ron Paul", owes no corporation for his campaign money, and he's someone we can count on , to look out for all of us. I recently switched from Democrate to Republician, so I could vote for him. I used to vote Democrat, hoping it would be the lesser of two evils. Now I can vote for someone I believe in. "God Bless America", "Ron Paul", and all of us who still believe in a Free, Strong, Respected, Compassionate, Fearless,"America", in which all of us can achieve our "American Dream"

    October 27, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Kim, Dallas, TX

    What would be the most important thing to heal our country?... learning to work together and not be so divided. To me that is the biggest travesty that has happened during this president's seven years in office, along with taking our constitutional rights away from us. He is not a president that works with the majority. He vetoes everything that passes in congress. How can anyone fault the democrats when they aren't given a chance to make things work. It isn't like they own the congress. Why do you think there is so much disappointment with congress? They cannot get Bush to see the light and get us out of Iraq. By the way, Iraq was not responsible for 911 to those who still believe that falsehood. There may be some terrorists there now, but they are not the ones responsible for 911 either. Bin Ladin is the key target that we lost sight of long ago. We are being lead like sheep to believe what the Bush clan wants us to believe to further their agenda which was devised before he became president. Project for a New American Century has all come to light with the travesty of 911. This particular group of croanies want global power and have devised their way of making it happen, right down to the missile defense system currently being argued by Rice. We need to all take a look at what's going on around us so that we don't end up losing what we love most, our freedoms and our way of life. There is much that is disappointing that this administration has caused. I understand those who are still very supportive of Bush, it's difficult to imagine that 911 could have changed our country so much and that those we need to rely on would use it to further their own agenda.

    As a side note....Haliburton should be the biggest red flag out there. They have made an unbelievable amount of money off of this war. Who stands to make the most from that...Cheney!

    October 28, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Matt Ford, Ellenville, NY

    "A razor thin majority does not equal control. To see how Democrats could actually perform for America give them a veto proof majority, take out obstructionist Republicans and you'd be amazed at the progress made for our country.

    Posted By Ron Nebraska : October 27, 2007 8:09 pm "

    Hey Ron, reverse the words Democrats and Repubilcans, and you have the same situation (that's the way it was before the last election). That's the real problem. Everybody is out for themselves and not minding the store for the the greater good of the US citizens.

    In my humble opinion, real change won't occur until we overturn the 16th amendment and make Senators more accountable by the states they allegedly represent, place term limits in place so that we don't keep on breeding career Congressmen and Congresswomen, and define the election cycle to start on January 1 of the election year and not any sooner – then maybe we'd have a more accountable and effective Congress.

    October 28, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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